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HELP FEED YOURSELF 

Make Back Yards and Vacant Lots Productive 




WORK A GARDEN— RAISE CHICKENS 



GROW VEGETABLES AND FRUITS 

IF YOUR SOIL IS FERTILE AND SUNNY 

Don't let your land loaf. Keep it working all season. 

Don't assume that the season is too far advanced to 
begin garden operations. Some vegetables may be 
planted at practically any time until past the middle of 
summer. 

Start new crops between the rows of others that are 
soon to be removed. 

Begin over again in late summer and plant vege- 
tables that mature best in cool weather, such as 
radishes, lettuce, spinach, kale. 

See that your garden toward fall is full of potatoes, 
beets, turnips, cabbage, and other staple foods that can 
be stored for the winter. 

Grow lima and navy beans for harvest when ripe. 



CAN OR PRESERVE SURPLUS PERISHABLES 

Dry fruits and sweet corn and such other vegetables 
as may be preserved in this way. 

Can only the products that can not be kept other- 
wise. 

Concentrate products so that each jar or can will 
hold as much food and as little water as possible. 

There is a shortage of containers. Don't let one 
be wasted in your home. Empty spices and similar 
materials from jars and fill them with food. 

Reserve regular tight-sealing containers for perish- 
able vegetables, meat, and fish. 

Use wide-necked bottles with paraffin seals for put- 
ting up fruit and preserves; use glasses or crocks for 
jellies and jams; use bottles and jugs corked and 
sealed with paraffin for fruit juices, catsups, and other 
liquid products. 



KEEP A FLOCK OF HENS 

IF YOUR SOIL IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GARDENING 

A small number of chickens can be kept in almost 
any back yard. 

They can be housed at small expense in piano boxes 
or other large packing cases. 

They can be fed to a large extent on table scraps 
and vegetable waste. 

Their eggs should make a substantial addition to the 
family food supply. 

Surplus cockerels from hatchings and old hens will 
take the place of a considerable quantity of purchased 
meat. 

Separate roosters from hens after the hatching season 
and produce infertile eggs. Such eggs are much more 
easily kept in good condition than fertile eggs. 

Preserve surplus fresh eggs in water glass or lime- 
water. 



Somebody Has to Raise or Pack Everything You Eat 

DO YOUR SHARE! 




CHILDREN CANNED AND SAVED THESE PERISHABLES FOR WINTER USE. 

MAKE EVERY JAR HELP FEED YOUR FAMILY 



Can this year if you have never canned before. The conservation of food is a 
vital necessity under war conditions. 

No previous experience is necessary. Canning and preserving are simple 
processes and may be carried out by children or adults with home utensils. 



Put up more food than ever this year if you usually pack for winter use. 

Write to-day to the U. S. Department of Agriculture or your State agricultural 
college or ask your county agent for explicit directions for growing vegetables, for 
raising chickens, and for canning foods at home with the ordinary home utensils. 



DEMONSTRATE THRIFT IN YOUR HOME 




Make saving, rather than spending, your social standard 



U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, WASHINGTON, 0. G. 

Cooperating with State Agricultural Colleges